4G needed to avoid wireless network overload?

The surge in popularity of mobile applications and smartphones is resulting in significantly greater data consumption, which could soon push existing wireless networks to their limit.

From 2005 to 2012, mobile traffic will have increased a thousand-fold, according to a keynote address at the CTIA Wireless 2009: Mobile Life conference. A Cisco white paper predicted that usage on wireless networks would double every year for the next several years, potentially multiplying 66 times between 2008 and 2013.

“It’s hard to conceive of that type of growth—can we keep up with that type of demand?” said Benjamin Wolff, co-chairman/CEO of Clearwire Corp., which partnered with Sprint on 4G WiMax technology (see story). “We’re already having some challenges with today’s networks to keep up with consumer demand, and as an industry we have to deal this capacity crunch to avoid the threat of network overload.

“We’re seeing a huge amount of wireless data consumption, and it’s only going to go up,” he said. “Capacity is the wireless industry’s dilemma, and today’s apps and devices are just the beginning.”

Today’s smartphones use 30 times as much data as feature phones, while laptops use 450 times the data of a standard mobile phone.

The popularity of new mobile applications is driving bandwidth consumption.

Read more at Mobile Marketer.

One thought on “4G needed to avoid wireless network overload?

  1. I have been saying for quite a while that the old media needs to embedded in devices. Even compyrighted material whihc can be placed there but only called upon form the outside – like a radio. Combined with 1 terabyte per cubic centemeter – Seagate has this, it is will move all media into an instant access, highest quality profile. And it will forego the need to be trnsmitted , leaving the bandwidth clear for new media. For hardware makers this also means that heir devices will still be relevent as the new media quickly adds up and become old, nessessitating the upgrade of the device.
    Plus the contextualization of media will create genera devices which holst the most likely media consumed by an individual user – the owner of that device. Combined with next genereation network upgrades, the consumption of bandwidth becomes both a loss of revenue for telcoms, and a bonus for media creators and end users.

    Net neutrality will mirror the next phase of wireless issues.

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